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A group of robbers take whatever they want and get away with it. But the leader of the group meets a a women and falls in love with her. Now he must decide whether to betray his friends of lose the woman he loves.
Crime Drama Thriller - This is a violent crime drama aimed at adult moviegoers. Frequent
language and violence make the film strictly for adults. While Ben
Affleck is the main star (and director), this is more of an ensemble
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Good Those with an affinity for crime dramas, action movies where everything doesn't have to move at the speed of sound, and thrillers where character development doesn't represent an unwarranted intrusion will appreciate what The Town has to offer.
Roger EbertFull Review Good Everything is here. It's an effective thriller, he works closely with actors, he has a feel for pacing.
USA TodayFull Review Very Good Affleck has a keen eye for cinematic stories and wisely chooses ones set in a city he knows intimately. He has an evident knack for orchestrating intensely involving action scenes.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 137 moviegoers:
TEENS:Three of the five teens loved "The Town" and two enjoyed it very much.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:GREAT REVIEWS! Three-quarters of the guys and over half of the ladies loved "The Town." The rest rated it above average which indicates a movie they enjoyed very much.
ADULTS:The male and female reviews are very good and almost great. Unfortunately, there are a few too many "Good/Average" reviews and too few "Fantastic" reviews. Still, these reviews indicate a movie that most enjoyed very much. Only a few were slightly disappointed.
There are over 300 bank robberies in Boston every year. And a one-square-mile neighborhood in Boston, called Charlestown, has produced more bank and armored car robbers than anywhere in the U.S.
One of them is Doug MacRay (Ben Affleck), but he is not cut from the same cloth as his fellow thieves. Unlike them, Doug had a chance at success, a chance
to escape following in his father's criminal footsteps. Instead he became the
leader of a crew of ruthless bank robbers, who pride themselves on taking what they want
and getting out clean. The only family Doug has are his partners in crime,
especially Jem (Jeremy Renner), who, despite his dangerous, hair-trigger temper, is the
closest thing Doug ever had to a brother.
However, everything changed on the gang's last job when Jem briefly took a hostage: bank manager Claire Keesey (Rebecca Hall). When they discover she lives in Charlestown, Jem gets nervous and wants to check out what she might
have seen. Knowing what Jem is capable of, Doug takes charge. He seeks out Claire, who has no idea that their encounter is not by chance or that this charming
stranger is one of the men who terrorized her only days before.
As his relationship with Claire deepens into a passionate romance, Doug wants out of this life and the town. But with the Feds, led by Agent Frawley
(Jon Hamm), closing in and Jem questioning his loyalty, Doug realizes that getting
out will not be easy and, worse, may put Claire in the line of fire. Any choices he once
had have boiled down to one: betray his friends or lose the woman he loves.